Orthodontics Options

The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.

How do I Know if I Need Orthodontics?

  • Overbite – the upper front teeth lie too far forward
  • Underbite – the lower teeth are too far forward
  • Crossbite – biting doesn’t come together normally
  • Spacing – gaps, or spaces, between the teeth
  • Crowding – when there is not enough room for all the teeth
Traditional Braces

Traditional Braces

These are the metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word “braces.” However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious “metal-mouth” braces that many adults remember.

Clear Brackets

Clear Brackets

If conventional braces are the method of choice, we also offer clear brackets, which tend to be more popular among our adult patients. Clear brackets take the worry out of whether or not your braces are noticeable. At a quick glance, no one will even notice you are wearing braces.

Clear Correct

Clear Correct

Dr. Ras is also able to straighten your teeth with clear aligners. At Hope Dental, we use Clear Correct. A series of computer-generated aligners are made for different phases of your orthodontic treatment. Clear correct is an excellent choice for the less difficult orthodontic cases.

Questions & Answers

At what age should orthodontic treatment occur?

At our office, we begin evaluating children as early as eight years old.  It is always best us to see children at an early age so that we can take steps to minimize treatment time later on.  This can save you from a lifetime of side effects that can occur due to crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw. That being said, it is never too late to fix your smile, and we are here to offer a solution, no matter your age.

Do braces hurt?

Braces do not hurt, but some soreness and tenderness may be felt as they slowly begin to shift your teeth. Most patients describe the feeling as more annoying than painful. We, of course, offer several solutions to help you cope along the way.

What is phase I and Phase II (two-phase) treatment?

A healthy set of teeth and gums are required before braces can be placed. Two-phase treatment occurs when a patient is evaluated and needs intervention before starting regular orthodontic treatment, resulting in two separate treatment plans.

What is the advantage of a two-phase treatment?

A two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process that combines tooth straightening along with physical, facial changes. With a two-phase treatment plan, the goal is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, and aesthetically pleasing results that will remain consistent throughout your entire life.

What if I delay treatment?

Delaying treatment can result in the serious side-effects mentioned above, such as TMJ and periodontal disease. It is best to move quickly on correcting your smile. Book your consultation now to discuss treatment and payment plans.

Are braces covered by insurance?

All fees will be discussed at your free consultation.  Please contact your insurance provider to see if your plan covers orthodontics.

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What Our Patients Are Saying

Paul L.

“I have Clear Correct braces and I absolutely love them. They are not very noticable at all and do not hurt. Thanks to Dr.Ras for these wonderful braces.”